How to Play the Hot Potato Game

Save

Like many party games involving a circle, Hot Potato can calm down a group of enthusiastic kids, letting them have fun while keeping them all in one place. Players pass an item around the group while music plays, like Pass the Parcel. However, Hot Potato has a twist that keeps play moving pretty quickly -- nobody wants to be left holding the "potato" when the music stops.

Basic Gameplay Rules

  • Organize your players into a circle. Choose an item to be the "potato," such as a bean bag, ball or toy. If you're throwing a themed party, it's fun to use a related item. For example, if you're having a fairy-themed party, pass round a wand or, if you have a soccer theme, pass round a small ball. Tell players to imagine that the item is a potato that's too hot to hold. Start the music and give the "potato" to any player. He then passes it to the player next to him, continuing around the circle until the music stops, at which point the player holding the "potato" is out. Play resumes once you restart the music, and the winner is the last player left.

Hot Potato Variations

  • If you don't have music, have an adult or older child stand facing away from the circle to call out "hot potato" to stop gameplay. If players get a little boisterous and start messing with the "potato," add a rule that any player who drops it is out. Older kids may enjoy the game more if you introduce a bit of strategy. The first child calls out the name of any player in the circle and has to pass or throw the potato to that player who then chooses another player to pass or throw to.

References

  • Photo Credit ivandzyuba/iStock/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

You May Also Like

  • Hot Potato: Preschool Games

    Have your kids toss an item between each other and sing a song. A fun game for preschool kids or little children...

  • The Baby Shower Hot Potato Game

    Learn the baby shower hot potato game, a fun couples game for coed baby showers, in this free video.

  • How to Play Spud

    You May Also Like. How Do You Play Soccer for Kids? Soccer is a team sport and one of the most popular...

  • How to Play the Potato Race Game

    Hot Potato Game Rules. How to Make a Potato Sack. Fun Games to Play at Youth Group. Hot Potato: Preschool Games. Fun...

  • Games Related to Music

    Players must then come up with the lyrics within a specific time allotted. ... Hot Potato is a great learning game that...

Read Article

How to Build and Grow a Salad Garden On Your Balcony

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!